Sunday morning worship is the primary event of the week, but not the only event. Education programs are offered on Sunday mornings, September through May and at announced times during the year. Music programs, service projects, and small groups meet as scheduled along with special events just for fun.
Christian education programs are offered for all ages at 9:45 am (Labor Day through June). Children and youth meet in two age groupings that encompass several years. Two adult classes, a biblical and a topical study, are offered weekly. One Sunday a month, “Big Sunday” an Inter-generational Program, involves people of all ages in the Fellowship Hall (and sometimes outdoors). Everyone is welcome to explore the Christian faith at Arlington CoB.
Small groups meet periodically throughout the year for study or fellowship. Our small groups are responsive to our diverse congregation’s unique spiritual and social needs, so meeting times and themes vary. The opportunity to form new groups is always open. Contact the church office to get information on making connections.
Refreshments are served after worship once a month to offer a time of casual interaction and comment on the service. Usually, the refreshments are served in the library at the back of the sanctuary. At times, refreshments are held downstairs and are in conjunction with a simple service project, or special event.
Worship services are diverse in their presentation of music, including a rich tradition of pipe organ and congregational singing of traditional and contemporary hymns. Services also typically include special music by one of the choirs or a vocal or instrumental piece by members of the congregation.
The Deacon Care and Visiting Teams at Arlington provides a support network of members of the congregation who minister to each other and the congregation. The Caregiving program also serves as a way to communicate prayer concerns or other information rapidly to all church families. An on-call Deacon team assists in identifying and responding to ‘Immediate Needs’.
Arlington is affiliated with two camps through the Mid-Atlantic District of the Church of the Brethren. Shepherd’s Spring is a year-round retreat and camping facility in Sharpsburg, Maryland. The camp is located in an area rich in history and Brethren heritage, a few miles from the Dunker Church at the Antietam Civil War Battlefield and next to the Potomac River and C&O Towpath. A second camping facility, Camp Mardela, is located on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Arlington provides scholarships for children attending one of the summer camps. In addition, there are many opportunities for adults to volunteer.